RESTLESS PNG VOLCANO TAKES BREAK

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East New Britain’s Tavurvur quiets

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, October 1, 2009) – There is now a decline in the level and frequency of roaring and rumbling noises by erupting Mt Tavurvur in East New Britain Province, unlike in recent weeks.

However, the roaring and rumbling noises do not signify increased eruptive activity.

In a recent statement by the Rabaul Volcano Observatory, it was noted that occasional moderate to strong explosions continued.

Sub continuous pale to dark grey ash emissions were released in recent days to about a height of 1500 metres above the summit but only people living near the volcano wereaffected.

Areas affected include Nordup, Rabaul Town, Malaguna Number One village and the Nonga Hospital area.

Other areas within the province including Kokopo have not been affected by ash fall in the last couple of weeks.

RVO said ash emissions are expected to continue but no major eruption like the events of 1994 and 2006 are anticipated.

People have again been advised to take precautions in ash-affected areas and also not to venture near the volcano.

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